Studio 346: Jeff Ma & Qing-Nian Tang
Jeff Ma and Qing-Nian Tang are the artists-in-residence of interTrend communications, inc. (www.intertrend.com), an award-winning full-service communication agency based in Long Beach, CA. For over 20 years, Ma and Tang have been combining their traditional Chinese art training and modern technique to craft and produce visually distinctive artworks. With their dedication and devotion in both fine art and commercial art worlds, Ma and Tang are honored to be a part of the community center, ArtExchange.
Studio 344: Brendan Sharkey
Art has always been a major part of Brendan Sharkey’s life. He has been drawing, doodling or envisioning things since a very young age. “It came naturally and people always expressed joy in the works,” states Sharkey. Eventually he studied classical figurative drawing and painting at Laguna College of Art and Design with a major in Illustration. His practical side knew he needed to learn the digital art production as well as the traditions’ of the old masters. Brendan has found a niche for his art by leveraging his knowledge of mark making to find success in the entertainment industry and as a fine artist. He currently work as a concept designer, illustrator, graphic designer, educator, photographer, prop maker, and property master. His fine art is his personal work, mainly consisting of portrait and figure drawing and painting from life. “My personal work is almost exclusively graphite drawings and oil painting, though I like to stay fluent in all mediums.” Some of his greatest influences are John Signer Sargent and Andrew Wyeth.
Studio 342: Vivian Shimoyama
Vivian Shimoyama is a glass fusion artist. Her collection of artwork started with her desire to promote the advancement of women and people of color. Vivian designed a glass brooch that is a symbol of breaking barriers … the glass ceiling. The glass ceiling has been known as the invisible barrier that women and people of color bump up against in all walks of life.
Her pins have graced the lapels of prominent women in politics, corporations, and governments. And, her ‘Breakthru… the glass ceiling pin’ has been featured in various publications, and is featured in Madame Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s collection and her book – Read My Pins. The Read My Pins book and pin collection have been on a national and international tour. Ms. Shimoyama’s glass ceiling pin has been featured in this exhibit at the Smithsonian, The Clinton Presidential Library, New York Museum of Arts and Design, The Mint Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and Bowers Museum to name a few.
Ms. Shimoyama started with her ‘glass with a cause’, creating a line of ‘Breakthru … the glass ceiling’ jewelry and artwork. She has also created limited and custom edition pieces. As a glass artist her creations have expanded to creating fused glass artwork pieces, mixed media, and utilizing glass techniques that include painting, pattern bars, frit, glass etching, and more.
She lives and works in Long Beach and is honored to be a part of the community center, ArtExchange.
Studio 340: Aingeel Talley
Aingeel-Z Jewelry and Accessories creates handmade products that simultaneously offer edge, and sophistication. Made locally in Long Beach, California, Aingeel takes rare and abundant stones along with metals to transform them into timeless, durable statement pieces. Aingeel’s Jewelry is created in small batches to ensure quality. She can also repair your keepsakes to their original splendor. Most pieces incorporate natural stones including Agate, Amethyst, Turquoise, Coral, and Quartz, in addition to lustrous metals such as gold, silver, and brass. Aingeel has also fallen in love with leathers of varying textures.
Products available through Aingeel-Z include
Rings, Earrings, Cuffs, Collars, Necklaces, Belts, Buckles, Pouches, and more!